CHRIS Banchero has been turning heads in the PBA Governors’ Cup because of his playmaking – and in their game against Blackwater, the 6-foot-1 guard showed that he’s more than that.
Responding to coach Alex Compton’s call for more local support, Banchero came up with a career-high performance, dropping 28 points in Alaska’s 116-109 win over Blackwater on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Yeah. I got it going a little bit tonight. My jumper fell. Yeah. I had it going tonight. It was good. I’m glad I played well,” said Banchero.
“But like I’ve said, it’s a total team effort. Everybody played great. Mike Harris led us in the late stretch and got things done,” he added.
Prior to this game, Banchero was leading the league in assists with 10.1 a game but against the Elite, Banchero did his damage by putting the ball through the net as he nailed 12 of his 16 attempts from the field alongside four rebounds and three assists.
The fifth overall pick of the 2014 PBA draft however said that he wasn’t actively looking for his shots, those things just fell on his shoulders.
“I think it was my turn tonight to score the basketball. I was not really trying to score the basketball, it was just kinda got going,” Banchero said.
“You know my job is to find open guys and run the team. But when you got a jumpshot runnin’ like that. I was able to take over and get to my spot and play well.”
Banchero though was also quick to credit the other guys for stepping up on the defensive end, particularly Ping Exciminiano and Kevin Racal who shone doing the dirty work.
“I think we still have some room to grow. Jvee and Vic both played well but Ping played very well first. I think he led us in plus-minus,and he was really great off the bench, leading us on the defensive end and so was K-Racs.”